I am proud of the residents I see working together and staying home
to keep our city safe and flatten the curve of COVID-19. My
thoughts and prayers are with the thousands of residents across the
District who have been impacted by COVID-19. In particular, I send
my sincerest condolences to the families of the 72 District
residents that have lost their lives due to COVID-19 as reported on
Today, we recognize DC Emancipation Day, marking the anniversary of
the Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 which ended slavery in the
District of Columbia, freeing 3,100 individuals. Though DC
Emancipation Day honors the ending of chattel slavery in the
District of Columbia it also reminds us of America’s dark history.
Our current public health emergency has shined a light again on the
detrimental legacy of institutional racism in America. The health
and economic disparities within the Black community have laid the
foundation for the disproportionate impact we are now witnessing.
While the African American community makes up 46% of the population
in the District, it accounts for 75% of the COVID-19 related deaths
(as reported on April 14).
Through the response and recovery, I have continued to push for
resources for traditionally under-resourced communities and challenged
public health officials to provide more data on what communities
are being impacted the most. We have also discussed
accessibility for testing, face coverings, and medical resources
As we make our way through this unprecedented event, I am
encouraged by the residents I see stepping up and helping their
communities. I encourage all residents to continue to stay safe,
stay home, and we will get through this together.
The Mayor also clarified
that face masks are required for: hotel workers,
guests, and visitors; individuals using taxis, rideshares,
private transportation providers; workers and customers of
food sellers; and strongly encouraged for workers and
individuals using public transit.
proud to have added provisions to support our Certified Business
Enterprises (CBEs). Specifically, the bill increases the
subcontracting amount for construction and non-construction
contracts entered into during the public health emergency from 35%
to 50%. This helps to ensure that the limited District funding will
be targeted to residents of our City during this critical time.
I am also proud to include a provision that would allow the
agency to provide contractors with advance payments.
emergency legislation supports workers, small businesses, and
families by requiring mortgage servicers to defer mortgage payments
for property owners experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19
and requiring those savings be passed on to tenants. As Chairman of
the Council committee with oversight of the DC Department of
Insurance, Securities and Banking, I am proud to have included
this language that will provide a needed and concrete reprieve for
renters, owners and businesses alike during this time.
we prohibited terminating gas, water, and electrical services
during the public health emergency. This legislation expands the
prohibition on the disconnection of utility services to include
cable and telecommunication services. It also authorizes the Office
of the Attorney General to enforce violations of the provisions of
the Council’s COVID-19 emergency legislation by merchants."
In the Community
Councilmember McDuffie has been
keeping a busy schedule of engagement with Ward 5 residents and
stakeholders throughout the District. Councilmember McDuffie has
been hosting telephone conference call updates with Advisory
Neighborhood Commissioners, Civic/Citizen Association leaders,
seniors, and the small business communitty.
Councilmember McDuffie is proud to
lend staff support partnering with Martha's Table to safely deliver
meals to feed Ward 5 senior citizens. The team has come together
one day a week for the last four weeks to provide meals and
groceries for seniors in Ward 5.
For elementary families, DCPS “Fun
with Phonics” lessons are now available on TV every weekday from
9:30 to 11:00 am and then again from 1:00 to 2:30 pm These videos
are a great way for your student to continue to develop early
literacy skills and are available on Comcast (Channel 99), RCN
(Channel 18), Verizon (Channel 12), or on the DCPS
2020 Census Update
If you haven’t completed the 2020
Census yet, then be on the lookout for a paper questionnaire coming
in the mail. You still have time to #GetCountedDC and can send back
the form in the mail at no cost! You can also complete the census
now at 2020census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020.
Vote by Mail in the June Primary
In light of the spread of
COVID-19, the DC Board of Elections encourages ALL residents to
request an absentee (mail-in) ballot for the June Primary. Voters can request mail-in
ballots online HERE, via DCBOE's mobile app, by
calling the DCBOE at (202) 727-2525 or (202) 741-5283, faxing (202)
347-2648, mailing or dropping off in person a ballot request form to the DC Board of
Elections, 1015 Half Street SE, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20003.
In light of the spread of COVID-19, 20 vote centers will open
throughout the District beginning May 22, 2020, and will remain
open through June 2, 2020. Social distancing measures will be
enforced at all vote centers. All locations will open from 8:30 am
until 7 pm, including on Election Day. The usual 144 precincts
will NOT open on Election Day.
WMATA Requesting Customers Wear Face Coverings
Metro is requesting that all
customers follow recently updated CDC guidance by wearing a cloth face covering
while traveling on Metro.
Specifically, the use of cloth face coverings is strongly
encouraged aboard all buses, trains, and MetroAccess vehicles, as
well as in rail stations, bus terminals and other transit
The use of simple, homemade cloth face coverings can help slow the
spread of the virus and help people who have the virus but don’t
know it avoid transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings
can be made from everyday household items at low cost.